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07-25-2010, 12:54 PM
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Originally Posted by montreal View Post
I don't see how Pateryn could be one of our top 5 prospects, what do you base that off, cause for the last two years he hasn't been able to see a regular shift in the NCAA. Granted he picked it up in the 2nd half this year, so hopefully he can build off that. He does have a solid frame, moves well, will take the body has a heavy shot, and has shown good improvment in his own end. To me he's the kind that can do most things well enough but nothing great. That said this is a big year for him now that he's an upper classman on a team that could have some question marks on the blueline so we'll see how he responds.

The interesting thing is that he could be paired with Mac Bennett this year, so we'll see how both do. I personally think much much higher of Bennett but I've seen Pateryn a lot more.
Well, you saw the same things I did, and he is only 20 yo. Solid frame, moves well, will take the body, sounds like McDonagh, doesn't it? Unfortunately, he wasn't drafted by Timmins, thus underrated here.

The other reason I have him possibly as high as #5-6 is that many of our guys are being vastly over-rated imo.

I don't think the following players have much NHL IMPACT potential:
Louis Leblanc (hockey is not a priority for him), Yannick Weber (size and speed issues), Ben Maxwell (hockey sense and commitment issues), David Desharnais (size and speed issues), Ryan White (speed and hockey sense issues).

I also think a 4th-5th defenceman is worth more than a 4th line forward, and maybe most 3rd line forwards, and I see Pateryn as a POTENTIAL future Gorges with better physique. That puts him ahead of the Whites and Palushajs imo.

I see 4 categories of prospects:

A: Potential NHL Real Stars

B. Potential NHL Above-average contributors

C. Potential NHL useful contributors
Kristo (probably closest to a 'B' grade)
Schultz (upside limited to notable 4th liner)
Bennett (upside limited to offensive-D specialist at best)

D. Potential NHL filler or not enough information to make a prediction YET
Everyone else

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